Three fundamental concerns are driving the formation of the new citizens organization:
I. The negative impact of special rights initiatives on all businesses and property owners, with a particularly negative impact on faith- based and faith-inspired businesses and property owners.
II. The negative impact of special rights initiatives on every citizen's constitutionally protected rights to freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.
III. The negative impact of the practice of homosexuality on the individuals who practice it and on the rest of the society.
The main multifaceted emphasis of the group is to defend Traditional Marriage as 'between one man and one woman', to respond to the controversy at the University of Notre Dame regarding homosexual activism at several levels, to respond to 'special rights for homosexuals' ordinances as they come forward in the Region and to facilitate help and ministry for those suffering from the ill effects of the homosexual lifestyle.
LaBarbera Calls for 'Breaking the Silence' on the Health Risks of Homosexual Behavior, 4-25-08NAPERVILLE, Ill., April 25 /Christian Newswire/ -- Americans For Truth (AFTAH) President Peter LaBarbera today called on schools, the media and opinion-makers to "break the silence" regarding the serious health risks of homosexual behavior, and said Americans deserve an official government investigation into the matter.
"Today, thousands of schools across the country are encouraging the homosexual activist 'Day of Silence,' and doing it in the name of protecting students' safety," LaBarbera said. "While schools can and must protect every child from harassment and abuse, it is contradictory to promote homosexuality in the name of 'safety' because the evidence is so overwhelming that same-sex behavior is a serious health risk -- especially for males."
AFTAH has joined a coalition of pro-family organizations encouraging parents to pull their children out of schools that endorse the "Day of Silence" or allow students not to participate in classroom activities.
"How many government-funded studies have there been on the dangers of smoking?" LaBarbera said. "Yet homosexual men similarly are dying prematurely due to risky, unnatural same-sex practices -- but taxpayer-funded public schools are promoting this lifestyle to students through propagandistic exercises like the 'Day of Silence.'"
LaBarbera pointed to the Food and Drug Administration's explanation of why homosexual men are banned from donating blood as evidence of the dangers of homosexual sex. The FDA reports:
Men who have had sex with men since 1977 have an HIV prevalence ... 60 times higher than the general population, 800 times higher than first time blood donors and 8,000 times higher than repeat blood donors .... Men who have sex with men also have an increased risk of having other infections that can be transmitted to others by blood transfusion. For example, infection with the Hepatitis B virus is about 5- 6 times more common and Hepatitis C virus infections are about 2 times more common in men who have sex with other men than in the general population. Additionally, men who have sex with men have an increased incidence and prevalence of Human Herpes Virus-8 [which] causes a cancer called Kaposi's sarcoma in immunocompromised individuals.
"Educators profess to be concerned with guiding young people into making healthy choices," LaBarbera said. "By celebrating homosexual, bisexual and 'transgendered' lifestyles in the guise of 'safety,' they are putting innocent children at risk instead."
Contact: Peter LaBarbera: Americans For Truth about Homosexuality, 630-717-7631, firstname.lastname@example.org
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